Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he will appeal against referee Tim Robinson's decision to dismiss Tom Janes from the field of play on Tuesday night at Cheltenham Town. The defender was given his second red card of the season, when he slid in on Cheltenham's Alex Addai in the 21st minute of the game, with the match official producing a straight red card for the offence.
Way told BBC Somerset after the match that his team had dominated the match 'from start to finish', despite the 1-0 defeat that materialised due to a Luke Varney goal, and blamed the referee's performance and his decision to dismiss James as having undone his side. He maintained that James had not gone in with both feet when making the tackle:
"You could see the pitch was wet. He didn't leave the ground with two feet. He's tried to make contact and obviously you're in a situation where I have to stand up and fight, and that's what my team did. They dominated from start to finish, and they had more attacks and we looked really positive. So there's one thing for sure, when you're down and around where we are, you have to look at your team, you have to grow belief from that. Sat up there from where I was watching it from, it showed we've got real good players, a good spirit and a good performance. Tactically I thought we had it spot on, but unfortunately I didn't envisage a referee's performance like that. I thought the supporters were fantastic today, from start to finish, and everything that you need to be successful when you're down and around the bottom, you need to show fight and the players showed talent and a real desire to win a football match. But we were on the wrong end of a referee's performance unfortunately."
Way questioned the recent decision-making by match officials, with a recent incident during the home match against Lincoln City raising a few eyebrows when Lincoln's Harry Toffolo somehow escaped a straight red card for a head-high tackle on Gabriel Rogers. He claimed the recent decisions against his team couldd impact the football club, and said that he would appeal against the James sending off:
"You've got to appeal for that. It was a tackle, but it could go either way. Unfortunately, I don't know what it is, and I have to ask myself the question. We've had a lot of incidents now. The Lincoln one - come on - how can that not be a sending off? It was a high lunge, and that is (a red card). It's worrying. I don't know whether they're all on the circuit talking to each other, but if they are then they have to be talking about some of the decisions that they are making, which could impact the football club. I'll take the consequences of what's thrown at me but as I've said this is continuous. I don't like using that as an excuse because you're going to get bad mistakes, but for it to be continuous. As I've said I think that it's important for me to be positive now, because my players deserve that."
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